The Anglican Consultative Council formulated the Five Marks of Mission over a series of years (1984 Bonds of Affection; 1990 Mission in a Broken World). They have been affirmed by the Archbishops of the Anglican Communion at the 1988 and 1999 Lambeth Conferences, the 1996 General Synod of the Church of England and the 76th Episcopal General Convention (2009) (See History from the Anglican Church of Canada). They serve as a quick reference to remind Christians of the many ways we can be church following Jesus’ Way and serve as a means for different countries and cultures to have a common focus.
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
(Bonds of Affection-1984 ACC-6 p49, Mission in a Broken World-1990 ACC-8 p101)
Aware that this “checklist” is only a start to the many ways we can seek to serve God and God’s people, Anglican in Mission challenged each Province, diocese and parish to think expansively about how they represent Christ in the world. MISSIO (1999) articulated three convictions shaping how this can be expressed:
- We are united by our commitment to serving the transforming mission of God.
- Mission is the bedrock of all we are, do and say as the people of God.
- Our faithfulness in mission will be expressed in a great diversity of mission models, strategies and practices.
How do you see these convictions in your contexts?
Anglican Communion Member Statements
* Anglican Board of Mission – Australia
* Anglican Church of Canada
– History of Marks
– Marks of Mission: Defining Our Call
– Vision 2019 (see video)
* Anglican Communion Consultation on Evangelism and Church Growth
* Anglicans in World Mission
* The Episcopal Church
– ENS – Mission From All to All – June 9, 2008
– Katherine Jefferts Schori – Marks of Mission
* REVIEW by Glen Davis, Anglican Theological Review, Winter 2010. Mission in the 21st Century: Exploring the Five Marks of Global Mission. Edited by Andrew Walls and Cathy Ross. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2008. 219 pp. $25.00 (paper).
* Marks of Mission and Ways of Belonging: Shaping the Anglican Agenda for Occassional Churchgoers in the Countryside, David Walker, Journal of Anglican Studies, August 13, 2010.